What makes it easy for Vera to fool Mr. Framton Nuttel in "The Open Window"?
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Saki's wit is at its best in "The Open Window" as Vera spontaneously launches her tall-tale after obtaining information from Mr. Nuttel that assures her he will not know that she is fabricating the tragedy she describes.
- Vera sees that Framton Nuttel is nervous and uncomfortable
- He tries to "say something that should duly flatter the niece of the moment..." and, thus, reveals his vulnerability
- After she asks Framton if he knows "many of the people around here," he tells her "Hardly a soul"; so Vera realizes that she has no way of knowing Mr. Stappleton or anyone else. Therefore, she can proceed with her tall-tale.
Clearly, Vera takes advantage of the naivete and nervousness and fears of Framton Nuttel, and she does it with no remorse whatsoever as she blurs the lines between imagination and reality.
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